The New Cards Page

After using Trello for a while, boards and cards start piling up. If you want to see just your cards, clicking through each board and scanning for your cards is a pain. So to help, we’ve added a ‘Cards’ page that contains all your cards across all boards. Just visit https://trello.com/my/cards, or click the ‘Cards’ link in the sidebar. Trello sorts cards by board then by list, so cards on leftmost lists will show up first.

Want to see what somebody else is doing? You can see other people’s cards page, too. Visit their profile and click ‘Cards’ in the sidebar. Here’s my cards page, for example. It will only show cards on boards you are able to see, so there’s no worry about anybody finding out about your diabolical plan to take over the universe. (I’ve said too much!)

Oh, and this is probably a good time to remind you of the ‘q’ keyboard shortcut. If you press ‘q’ while viewing a board, it will filter your cards, hiding all other cards. Handy. More filtering options are available by clicking the ‘Search and Filter Cards’ button in the sidebar. Use ‘f’ to bring it up even faster. Use ‘x’ to clear all filters. You know what, just read this page trello.com/shortcuts.

We think Trello has always worked especially well for keeping teams on the same page, but when you’ve got lots and lots of boards and cards, it can fall down for the individual. We hope the new cards page will give you better visibility on your tasks and save you some time.

Card Cover and Attachment Updates

After listening to some feedback, we’ve got a new aspect ratio for covers, roughly 2:1 compared to 3.2:1. This means you’ll be see more of the image on the front of the card and avoid some potentially awkward cropping. Also smaller images are no longer stretched out to fit the width of the card. You won’t get a low resolution, highly pixelated version any more.

We’ve also added the ability for Chrome users to upload from your clipboard. Find an image like this cake masquerading as a hamburger, right click, select ‘copy image’, go to your board and hover over a card, paste (control/command + v), and Trello will handle the upload. It’s a small, but really nice addition, especially if you’re working with a lot of screenshots and pictures of cake on the internet, which we are.

That’s it for now. Check out the Trello Development board to see what’s coming up next. We’re listening on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, too.

Card Cover Images and Drag and Drop Attachments

Any given Trello card has a secret world of attachments begging to be discovered. Today, we’re supercharging attachments with a couple new features: card cover images, and drag and drop file uploads.

Card Cover Images

We’ve always had badges on cards that show the number of votes, comments, progress on checklists, due dates, and other metadata. It gives you a good sense of the activity of the card. Now you can add an image to the front of a card, too. The last uploaded image will be the default, but you can select a cover from the back of the card.

Your boards will look the same, but new uploaded images will be used as covers from now on. You can select an old image as a cover, though. You can turn covers off for the whole board in “Options” > “Settings”. Does your card not need a cover? Just click “Remove Cover” from the attachment section on the back of the card.

We hope card cover images give more insight into the activity on a card and add more personality to your boards. Try it out!

Drag and Drop Attachments

Selecting files to upload can be tedious when doing it one by one by one… To remove some of that pain, we’ve added HTML5 drag and drop to upload files. Select one or a bunch of files from your desktop, drag to the front or back of a card, and drop. If you make extensive use of attachments, it should make your life much easier. Internet Explorer has yet to implement HTML5 drag and drop, but it will work when IE10 comes out in the fall. Drag and drop away, Trello-ers!

Still need a good word for a Trello user. Hm.

We’ve also got a new home page! Check out https://trello.com/landing to see how real people are using Trello. There’s lots of beautiful color and illustrations and, if you look hard enough, there’s cake.

We think we’ve unlocked some new potential for attachments and we hope you make good use of these new features. What are we working on next? Check out the Trello Development board and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Google Plus to find out. Until next time!

Trello is now 500,000 strong

This month marks a momentous occasion in the life of any budding product: the halfway point to a million users. That’s right: Trello has officially passed the 500,000 signups mark!

500,000 jelly beans weigh about 10 US tons. We’re not sure how much 500,000 users weigh, but it must be a lot. We’re so floored by all the people around the world who’ve chosen Trello to help them streamline workflows, communicate efficiently, and plan 500th anniversaries for their kingdoms. To all of you: thank you, thank you, thank you.

But we don’t just want to say it, we want to show it. Do you remember this cute little guy from the very first time you poked around this new thing called Trello?

That’s Taco. He’s always been a little shy, but he agreed to make a special appearance to celebrate our coming-of-age.

So today, you might spot him hanging around the Trello site. He’s even stepped up to personally deliver gifts to our first 500,000 users. If you’re one of them, check out your Profile page. He hopes you like it and that you’ll show all your friends.

In the future, Taco could visit again. Since huskies work in mysterious ways, we can’t really say when. But we will mention that he loves meeting new people—something about all the hugs he gets. So the more folks you invite over to Trello, the more likely he might stop by…

We’ve also added an awesome new feature called Card Cover, which lets you put images on the front of cards. Imagine the possibilities!

If you have any questions, comments, or love letters to Taco, you know how to find us. Cheers!

P.S. To celebrate the 500,000th account Joel has written a blog post about kanban, backlogs, and shipping, complete with pictures of the real-life Taco!

“How Do You Use Trello?” Contest Winners!

A couple weeks ago, we ran our first-ever “How Do You Use Trello?” Contest, and the response from our community has been nothing short of incredible. As you can imagine, this has made it quite the challenge to choose just three winners, but choose we finally did.

We want to thank everyone who has taken the time to submit to the contest. Your entries have really opened our eyes to all the ways in which Trello can be used, many of which we’ve never even thought of. We hope you’ll continue to share your creativity and insights with us, your friends and your colleagues, well beyond this week. Thanks again!

Without further ado, here are the winners of the ”How Do You Use Trello?” Contest:

Best Use of Collaboration – Pedro Oliveira

Pedro manages a European Union pilot project called SPOCS. With a team scattered over 200km, communicating has been a challenge. Furthermore, the project includes many components with several European countries working on it.

Pedro writes: ”My team had no common vision and with Trello we actually get that, and our team Skype calls became more efficient in the sense that each meeting time went from 40m to 15m because we follow the lists and labels from our trello board. Huge wins in efficiency!”

We were inspired by the team’s ability to communicate effectively despite language, cultural and locational barriers. Congratulations, Pedro!

Most Creative Use of Trello – Douglas Shand

Trello is often used for managing processes and pipelines; the left-to-right Lists framework seems to suit this kind of use quite naturally. But Douglas has dreamt up a whole new way of using this tool: he harnesses cards and lists to plan out the parts of a novel.

Douglas says: “I am using this board to collect and collate my notes and process for a book I am planning. I am able to keep everything in one place, and structure/re-plan in an ad-hoc fashion by moving cards around between lists.”

The lists he’s using are Concept, Characters, Plot, Themes, Motifs, Recurring Motifs, Endings, Beginnings, and Research. We’re excited to see how the book turns out. Congrats to Douglas!

Most Efficient Use of Trello – Jeff Lawson

A real-estate investor, Jeff uses Trello to collaboratively analyze real-estate candidates with his business partners. To make this even more streamlined and efficient, Jeff wrote a custom Trello application called rss2trello that monitors a custom real estate RSS feed. As new properties come in, cards are automatically inserted into Trello.

“This allows my business partners or myself to inspect each property’s listing and decide whether it needs to be followed up with a visit or even an offer. Comments, photos, and votes can be attached to each card and we can use lists to track positives and negatives about each property.”

We’re delighted to hear that Jeff has taken advantage of Trello’s API, combining his ideas with Trello’s core functionality to create even more powerful applications. Awesome work, Jeff!

Thanks again for all your submissions. We’ll be contacting the winners next week to send out gift packs!

Have a wonderful weekend!